Alejandro Bedoya (pictured) scored the USA's only goal in a 1-0 win over the host Czech Republic on September 3, 2014, in Prague. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Alejandro Bedoya scored shortly before halftime as the United States posted its first-ever win, 1-0, over the host Czech Republic in an international friendly on Wednesday at Generali Arena.
It was the Americans’ first match since the 2014 FIFA World Cup as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed three players national team debuts: Joe Gyau started, while Greg Garza and Emerson Hyndman came on as second-half subs.
The game’s only goal came in the 39th minute, when Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Darida lost the ball, allowing Mix Diskerud to ignite the U.S. attack. Diskerud worked the ball just inside the box, shot from 17 yards out and Cech made the initial save to his left. The rebound fell to a waiting Bedoya, who slotted it into the open net.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, a second-half substitute for Brad Guzan, made a series of saves to preserve the shutout.
He made a foot save on a Ladislav Krejci effort at the hour mark and, five minutes later, the Real Salt Lake netminder batted away Vladimir Darida’s strike.
In the game’s last five minutes, Rimando turned away a right-footed shot by Radim Reznik, before thrwarting Daniel Pudil.
The U.S., which lost its previous three meetings with the Czech Republic, will play a pair of matches next month. It hosts Ecuador October 10, at in East Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a match against Honduras on October 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.